Liar – Series 2 (2020)

Actors Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd standing in front of a building

Liar Series 2 (2020) starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd © Joss Barratt / ITV

Director: Chris Sweeney

Writers: Harry Williams, Jack Williams

Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper

Production Company: Two Brothers Pictures for ITV

Kent Locations Used: Deal and Kingsdown Beach in Dover, Tom Farm in Tonbridge & Malling

Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd reprise their roles in the return of this ITV psychological thriller, which will focus on the big question: who killed Andrew Earlham?

The series’ main character, Laura Nielson, is played by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey (2010–2015), Dark Angel (2016)) with Andrew Earlham, her antagonist, played by Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4 (2005) Titanic (1997)), meanwhile Zoe Tapper (Mr Selfridge (2013), Grantchester (2020) plays Laura’s sister.

Liar Series 2 is directed by Chris Sweeney and welcomes back creators Harry Williams and Jack Williams. As well as penning Liar, the Williams brothers are also known for writing BBC1’s The Missing and Rellik. Their next creation is Kate Beckinsale drama The Widow.

Series Two picks up three weeks after an arrest warrant was issued for Andrew Earlham for the sexual assault of 19 women. When Andrew’s body is found in the Kent marshes, Detective Inspector Renton, played by Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge (2013)) is tasked with uncovering clues about Andrew’s past and unpacking the events of the three crucial weeks leading up to his murder. New cast members also include Howard Charles (The Widow (2019), The Musketeers (2014-2016)) as Carl Peterson, and Amy Nuttall (Downton Abbey (2010–2015), New Tricks (2014-16)) as Winnie Peterson.

During the filming of Series Two production filmed in Deal as Laura’s Home town. Filming took place in and around Deal Pier, The Marina, Dunkerley’s Restaurant and Hotel, the Black Douglas Coffee House and Deal Beach Parlour. Additional filming took place at Kingsdown Beach  and The Zetland Arms Pub.  Tom Farm in Tonbridge & Malling was also filmed as a rural location.

The coastal town of Deal has a long naval history and is one of the major cinque ports along the south coast. Deal is a winner of the Daily Telegraph’s High Street of the Year 2013 award. The Pier is a significant local landmark and public amenity offering excellent views of the town. It is internationally recognised as an angling venue and features a glass-walled café-bar on the pier-head.

Kingsdown Beach, located just up the coast from the White Cliffs of Dover, has a secluded shingle beach, with plenty of benches suitable for picnics.

East Kent is home to spectacular coastal landscapes and historic towns and boasts excellent transport links to London and western Europe. East Kent has been used for filming several recent hit TV productions such as Baptiste (2019), Next of Kin (2018) and The Tunnel: Vengeance (2017).

Tom Farm, situated in the district of Tonbridge & Malling, is a large working farm offering a huge array of shoot location opportunities. Home to a wide mix of farm animals, including sheep, cattle, pigs and horses, Tom Farm offers 1,000 acres of arable land, a butchers shop, country store and a breakers yard within its ownership. Recent productions to film in the district include feature film Making Noise Quietly (2019) and TV documentaries Horizon: My Amazing Brain – Richard’s War (2018) and Harry Potter: A History of Magic (2017).

Liar Series 2 is due to air on ITV on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 9pm.


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Flesh and Blood (2020)

The main cast is sitting on a beach posing for the camera

Flesh and Blood (2020) © ITV

Director: Louise Hooper
Writer: Sarah Williams
Starring: Russell Tovey, Claudie Blakley, Lydia Leonard, Francesca Annis, Stephen Rea, Imelda Staunton
Production Company: ITV
Kent Locations Used: Farningham near Sevenoaks, Greatstone Beach (Romney Sands)

Flesh and Blood, a new four-part series for ITV, is a modern story of three adult siblings, exploring universal themes of relationships, trust, loyalty and love against in aftermath of a tragic crime.

Russell Tovey, (Years and Years (2019)), Claudie Blakley (Manhunt (2019)) and Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack (2019)) lead the cast as the siblings Jake, Helen and Natalie. The series also stars Francesca Annis (King of Thieves (2018)) as their recently widowed mother with Stephen Rea (Dickensian) as her new love interest and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)) as their neighbour.

Also joining the cast are Sharon Small (Trust Me), Lara Rossi (Cheat), Keir Charles (Love Actually), Vincent Regan (Victoria), David Bamber (Valkyrie), Stephanie Langton (Ransom) and Clara Indrani (Vera).

The drama was created and written by Kent resident Sarah Williams, whose previous credits include The Long Song (2018), Case Sensitive (2012) and Poppy Shakespeare (2008). Flesh and Blood is directed by BAFTA nominee Louise Hooper (Cheat (2019), Cold Feet (2017)).

During filming production visited Farningham, near Sevenoaks, to film The Manor on the High Street as Captain Bligh’s home. Farningham nestles on the old London to Folkestone Road astride the River Darent. Scheduled as a Conservation Area, it includes many notable buildings and historic sites, including Farningham Mill, the site of a Roman villa and Farningham Woods SSSI and Nature Reserve.

Production also visited Greatstone Beach (Romney Sands) during filming. Greatstone is part of 26 miles of beaches in the Folkestone and Hythe District and the Dunes and Beach between Littlestone-on Sea and Lydd-on-Sea, often also referred to as Romney Sands is an area of SSSI.

Flesh and Blood will air on ITV over four consecutive nights starting on Monday 24th February 2020 at 9pm.


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Next of Kin (2018)

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Next of Kin: Archie Panjabi as Mona Shirani and Jack Davenport as Guy Harcourt © ITV / Mammoth Screen

Writers:  Natasha Narayan, Paul Rutman

Directors:  Justin Chadwick, Jamie Childs

Starring:  Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport

Production Company:  Mammoth Screen

Kent Locations Used:  Oakdene Cafe, London Road, Wrotham

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin follows whip-smart GP Mona Shirani who lives in London with political lobbyist husband Guy Harcourt. Family life is shattered when Mona’s brother is brutally murdered whilst working for a medical charity abroad. In the wake of the murder, Mona’s family comes under suspicion and is drawn deep into a tangle of betrayal and conspiracy as they try to protect their loved ones and careers.

The six-part series was written and created by husband and wife team Paul Rutman (Indian Summers, Vera) and Natasha Narayan. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife, The Fall), and renowned actor, Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Smash), star in Mammoth Screen’s fast-paced family thriller, Next Of Kin.

Oakdene Cafe, London Road in Wrotham Kent  features in Episode 4 where filming took place in June 2017.  Wrotham is a village on the Pilgrims’ Way in Kent, at the foot of the North Downs. It is one mile north of Borough Green and approximately five miles east Sevenoaks, a historic market town which has attracted several large productions in 2017 including Judwaa 2 (2017) and The Big Family Cooking Showdown (2017).

Kent is increasingly popular with ITV drama productions and hosting popular series such as Liar (2017) filmed partly in Deal and Walpole Bay and Mr Selfridge (2016) partly filmed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

ITV’s new drama series Next Of Kin starts on Monday 8th January at 9pm and the episode featuring Kent will be screened on 29 January 2018.


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Liar (2017)

Joanne Froggatt and Iaon Fruffudd standing in field

LIAR  -JOANNE FROGGATT as Laura Nielson AND IOAN GRUFFUDD as Andrew Earlham.
Photographer JOSS BARRATT (C) ITV

Writer: Harry Williams and Jack Williams

Joanne Froggatt walking towards camera on pier

Photographer JOSS BARRATT (C) ITV

Director: James Strong and Samuel Donovan

Starring: Joanne Froggatt, loan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper, Warren Brown

Production Company: Two Brother Pictures, Sundance TV

Kent Locations Used: Deal, Walpole Bay (Thanet)

ITV’s new six part thriller, Liar, follows the relationship between teacher Laura Newell (Joanne Froggatt) and the father of one of her pupils, Andrew Ellis (loan Gruffudd). Their simple attraction leads to deceit and betrayal which has wide reaching consequences for both families.

The series was written by Harry and Jack Williams (BBC: One of us) and directed by James Strong (BBC: Doctor Who 2006-2009) and Samuel Donovan (CH4 Humans, Jamestown – Sky One). The cast is lead by Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, A street Cat named Bob) and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic 4, Titanic).
They are supported by
Zoe Tapper (Mr Selfridge, Reunited) and Warren Brown (Luther, By Any Means).

JOANNE FROGGATT and IOAN GRUFFUDD standing looking forward

LIAR – JOANNE FROGGATT as Laura Nielson AND IOAN GRUFFUDD as Andrew Earlham.
Photographer JOSS BARRATT (C) ITV

The series is set in the seaside town of Deal where the crew visited last winter to film in various locations including Walpole Bay, giving the show an eerie and intense visual feel.

Deal is a town on the south coast of Kent with a long naval history as one of the major Cinque Ports. Previous projects to have filmed in the area include The Tunnel: Sabotage (2016) and Legacy (2013).

Walpole Bay is located in the popular seaside town in Margate and offers a long sandy beach, promenade and tidal swimming pool.

Liar starts on Monday 11th September at 9pm on ITV.


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